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Children explore new realms
Festival urges children to use imaginations
Elachee Nature Science Center campers, from left, Tennent Slack, Cooper Chastain, Nathan Chumley and Aiden Clonts look for gems and rocks.


When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Cost: Free or reduced rates, depending on location.


  • Quinlan Center for Visual Arts, 514 Green St. NE, Gainesville. 770-536-2575
  • Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. 770-297-5900
  • Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. 770-535-1976
  • Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, 999 Chestnut St. SE, Gainesville. 770-536-1900
  • Brenau Galleries, 500 Washington St. SE, Gainesville. 770-534-6263
  • Historic Piedmont Hotel, 827 Maple St., Gainesville. 770-539-9005
  • Beulah Rucker Educational Center, 2101 Athens Highway, Gainesville. 404-401-6589

Keeping kids occupied during the summer months can be a full-time job, but for at least one day, it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

During the FLUXUS festival this week, several area attractions will keep children and adults occupied and entertained throughout the day, all while providing learning moments for the younger ones.

“Finding Local Unexpected eXperiences in oUr Surroundings” is a worldwide network of artists, composers and designers that blend different artistic styles and create something entirely creative. The movement began in Europe in the 1960s when artists began a series of festivals to help define different aspects of art.

In Gainesville, the event is in its third year and is all about “imaginative learning,” said Sherry Hooper, founder and executive director of the Interactive Neighborhood for Kids.

The festival has grown to include seven attractions around Hall County. They are Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Northeast Georgia History Center, Elachee Nature Science Center, the Historic Piedmont Hotel, the Beulah Rucker Educational Center, the Brenau Galleries and INK. FLUXUS starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at any of those locations.

One of the new events this year is the gnome hunt.

Children can search for gnomes at many of the venues or along a walking tour that day. Some of the gnomes will be filled with mystery prizes.

“You never know where the prize gnomes will be that day,” Hooper said.

Prizes include a week of Summer Art Camp from the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Splash Zone tickets for a family of four or an annual family pass to INK.

Other activities available around Gainesville will include everything from learning a little about Civil War history at the Historic Piedmont Hotel and appreciating art work displayed at Quinlan Arts Center to exploring nature during a hike through Chicopee Woods.

As the day winds down, families are invited to watch a screening of “Gnomeo and Juliet” at the Quinlan Arts Center or explore the Constellations at Elachee’s Starlab, its portable planetarium.

All seven venues will offer free or reduced rates.

For more information, call each location.

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